Informal Learning in Youth Work offers fresh perspectives on all aspects of informal education in the youth work setting. Designed to develop the reader’s knowledge and skills, this comprehensive textbook explores key issues such as communication, power relations, ethics, gender exclusion, sexuality, race discrimination, and social class. The author places particular emphasis on conversation as a key means of promoting informal learning and engaging effectively with young people.
Safe Space and Identity-Based Groupwork
- The establishing and development of closed groups is explained.
- Single-identity groups can offer an important context for learning, but the questions of ‘who defines cultures?’ and ‘who defines identities?’ must always be explored.
- The meanings of ‘culturally specific practice’, ‘gender specific practice’, ‘faith-based practice’ and ‘work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth groups’ are explained.
- The importance of providing contexts in which young people can challenge adult definitions is emphasised.
- The issue of working from identity and ‘matching’ workers to groups is explored.
- The practice of learning from specific groups can inform the sensitivity to issues of power and identity in all youth work practice.
This chapter presents the case for positive action in relation to identity-based practice. It offers a ...